For Nick Halliday, working in the hotel industry was always part of the plan, and the attraction of travel and employment around the globe was what first got him hooked on hospitality. Straight out school, he gained a place on the management training scheme with the Savoy London, and spent four years learning from the best in iconic hotels such as Claridges, the Berkeley, the Connaught and the Savoy.
He joined Malmaison Newcastle as general manager in 1999 and this is where he says he saw the Hotel du Vin portfolio ‘grow from the other side of the fence’, so when the opportunity to join the brand came knocking 15 years later, he felt like he’d come full circle.
Those years in-between allowed Halliday to experience life within another brand and he spent the next nine years working alongside Andrew Brownsword and chef Michael Caines developing and rolling out Abode Hotels as managing director. He returned to Malmaison as chief operating officer in 2014.
Now Halliday leads a team that delivers on all operational facets as well as the sales, marketing, finance and revenue management to ensure a strong commercial performance and statutory control across the Hotel du Vin portfolio.
Halliday has spearheaded the roll-out of a soft refurbishment across the bistros within the group over the last 12 months and this year he will oversee the relaunch of Hotel du Vin Stratford, Avon Gorge and Exeter as the properties complete their refurbishments; “it’s about the legacy – so always trying to do the brand justice and do it proud,” he explains.